Cuprite With Miersite
Rubtsovskiy Mine, Altaiskiy Krai, Siberia, Russia
Miniature, 4.9 x 4.6 x 4.4 cm
This sharp cluster of cuprites with a dark red patina, features crystals to 1.5 cm. Also note the very rare association with Miersite, in clusters of small crystals in some crevasses. This is a unique and beautiful association to this locale. As a final bonus, there is crystallized silver in other crevasses on the back and especially on the bottom. Such associations are remarkable and very rare. This is one of only 3 specimens of quality I have seen with both silver and miersite together. This particular pocket was probably found in late 2010. Joe Budd photos.